Notes from last night's preseason games

I realize that it’s only the first week of the preseason and teams are still trying to figure out what their opening day rosters are going to look like, but there are already some interesting things taking place that you might want to be aware of.

  • Ravens 16, Patriots 15: Obviously the score to this game means absolutely nothing, with Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Willis McGahee not seeing the field. However, what was interesting was the stat lines for the Patriots running backs, Laurence Maroney (6 rushes for 6 yards) and LaMont Jordan (19 rushes for 76 yards and TD). While Maroney had limited playing time against some starters and Jordan most likely played against second and third stringers, I’m still starting to doubt that Maroney should be drafted as high as we have him on our power rankings. If Jordan runs well throughout the preseason, I expect to see a pretty even split of carries at the tailback position in New England this year, but of course it’s only one game and maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but maybe I’m not…
  • New Orleans 24, Arizona 10: The biggest thing to pickup from this game is the play of New Orleans wide receiver Robert Meachem, who had four catches for 129 yards and a touchdown (with the touchdown being on a 60 yard highlight reel play). Meachem isn’t on our top 50 list quite yet for wide receivers, but a few more solid performances in the preseason and he will be. Remember that he had some great talent out of Tennessee, but was sidelined all season last year with a knee injury. Also, quarterbacks Matt Leinart (7/8 for 91 yards) and Drew Brees (6/7 for 40 yards and a TD) played well in this game, just for your information.
  • Kansas City 24, Chicago 20: Apparently Larry Johnson felt good and showed signs of his old self, even if his stats weren’t anything to celebrate about (8 rush for 18 yards and a TD). On the Bears side, Garrett Wolfe could be a name to keep in the back of your mind, as the Bears running back rushed 7 times for 64 yards and also had a 25 yard reception for a touchdown.
  • New York Jets 24, Cleveland 20: On the Jets side, Favre didn’t play, so who cares what happened. However, on the Browns side of the ball, Derek Anderson and Braylon Edwards seem to have picked up where they left of last season in the short time they saw the field in this one. They connected for a two yard touchdown on a spectacular, one handed catch by Edwards (it was on ESPN’s top 10 plays this morning).
  • Detroit 13, New York Giants 10: The Jon Kitna to Roy Williams connection seems to be off to a good start, as the two hooked up for a 20 yard touchdown early in this one. Also, note that third string quarterback Drew Stanton ran better than rookie running back Kevin Smith (just though it was amusing…and gives me no reason to move Smith up our running back power rankings right now). On the Giants side, Eli went 2 of 6 for 19 whopping yards, which isn’t too great, but we won’t read into this stat too much and give the defending champ the benefit of the doubt until later in the preseason.